Calls To Keep Fusion Voting, Create Robust Public Matching System at First Hearing of State Campaign Finance Commission

Gotham Gazette’s Samar Khurshid reports “The New York State Public Campaign Financing Commission heard many hours of testimony on Tuesday from experts, government reform advocates, elected officials, and others on creating a new statewide system of electoral campaign financing that would encourage small contributions and curb the effects of wealthy donors.

At what was its first public hearing of several planned for the next few weeks, the commission also explored questions around how fusion voting — where more than one political party can nominate the same candidate for an elected office — interplays with such a system and whether it could legally be eliminated under the commission’s mandate.”

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